NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans were treated to their first look at the 2015-16 Tennessee State men’s and women’s basketball teams at Thursday night’s Big Blue Madness on campus at the Gentry Center. The night included a dunk contest, hot shot challenge, skills challenge and Blue and White scrimmage, as well as a student dunk contest and three-point shooting contest.
“I thought it was a great turn out tonight,” TSU women’s basketball Head Coach Larry Joe Inman said. “The event is a lot of fun. Our players have a lot of fun every year, and I hope that the fans enjoy it as well. It involves the students, and I just think it’s a fun thing for everyone.”
“I think it’s good for the fans and it’s really good for the current students,” said Dana Ford, TSU men’s basketball Head Coach. “Our guys get pretty excited for it as well so it’s fun all around.”
Junior Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.) won the dunk contest thanks to a number of emphatic slams. On his first attempt, Woodard finished a one-handed dunk off a pass from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) from the bleachers.
Senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) teamed with fellow senior Brianna Lawrence (Conyers, Ga.) to win the Hot Shot Challenge. DeShields also came away victorious in the skills challenge on the night.
Coming off an OVC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, the Lady Tigers begin the 2015-16 season at Indiana on Nov. 13 as part of the Preseason WNIT. On the men’s side, the Tigers will host a Blue and White Scrimmage on Nov. 3 at the Gentry Center and take on Cal State East Bay in Kean Hall on Nov. 7 for an exhibition game. The season opener is slated for Nov. 13 versus Loyola in Baltimore, Md.